New Michigan House bill would punish undocumented immigrant workers

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

logoOn January 31st, House Bill 4130 was introduced, a piece of legislation that is seen by the immigrant community as another attack against those who are most vulnerable. 

HB 4130, “would require public employers to verify the legal residency of employees to determine eligibility for employment through “E-Verify”. Currently, the E-Verify program is a largely voluntary program that allows employers to verify employment eligibility with the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. This bill would make it a felony in Michigan to make a false statement about one’s work authorization, punishable by imprisonment for up to fifteen years.”

This is according to an recent campaign to defeat the legislation, a campaign that includes a simple mechanism for people to contact their state legislators

The person who took the lead on introducing this bill, is Rep. Jim Runestad, who represents the 44th District in Michigan. Runestad has…

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